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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES UNCOVER RED FLAGS

Missing Baby Lisa Irwin's Parents' Statements Picked Apart by Internet Sleuths

 

By Carol Bengle Gilbert

Whenever the news reports a child's disappearance as happened with Kansas City, mo., baby Lisa Irwin last week, Internet sleuths set to speculating. The publicly known details of the case are passed around and dissected. Did the mother do it? Did the father do it? Was the kidnapping the work of a stranger? No matter the case, the thrust of much discussion is whether the parents who reported their child missing are trustworthy.
Internet sleuths are not privy to inside information. They parse through news reports and sometimes gossip repeated in the community where the disappearance took place, trying to ascertain the truth. One tool they use is statement analysis. That's a tool that's resulted in some pretty harsh criticism of grieving parents, including Lisa's parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin.
What Is Statement Analysis?
Statement analysis is taking a statement apart word by word to assess its truthfulness and completeness.
How Do Investigators Analyze Statements?
Premises underlying statement analysis include these:
* A statement based on experience has different characteristics than a statement based on supposition or imagination.
* A statement containing more than 25 percent to 35 percent extraneous information is not complete; a high volume of extraneous information indicates evasion.
* Changing pronouns are a strong indicator of deception, as is changing between use of a proper noun and either a pronoun or generic noun like "the baby."
* Routine actions presented out of sequence indicate deceit.
* Volunteered justifications are cause for suspicion.
* Changes in body language relative to certain topics of discussion is a red flag.
* Comparisons of descriptions before a critical event, the event itself, and the aftermath may reveal discrepancies in the level or quality of detail.

I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND 'SLEUTHING' FASCINATING AND THIS ARTICLE UNCOVERS SOME OF THE WAYS INVESTIGATORS LOOK AT A CASE SUCH AS 'MISSING BABY LISA' WITH A PROVERBIAL MICROSCOPE.  
THE ARTICLE CONCLUDES THAT THERE ARE MANY RED FLAGS IN THE LANGUAGE USED BY BOTH PARENTS.  TIME WILL TELL JUST HOW WELL THAT MICROSCOPE IS WORKING.

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